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Thomas Kenny

Mix Editor Tom Kenny joined Mix in 1988 after receiving a masters' degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington. He has written extensively for Mix through the years, developing the Sound for Picture section in 1991, followed years later by a book on the subject. He was named Editor in 2003.

Everybody Loves a Good Story

I’m of mostly Irish descent, and I come from a large family. My undergrad degree is in history and my master’s is in journalism. I love a good story. I like to hear them, I like to read different versions of them, and, because I’m a talker, I love to tell them, often many times over many years to the same people, usually with a new twist or embellishment. My father would be proud. My daughters......

Where Legacy Becomes Future

When we last featured Capitol Studios on the Mix cover, in November 2012, we invited a whole gang of L.A.’s finest engineers and producers, friends of the Capitol family, to stop by and fill out our gatefold spread. Inside we told the story of the new Neve 88R in Studio A, and the tweaks to the acoustics in the control room. There were hints at a new direction coming to the famous Capitol Tower......

Coming in May: Helios Consoles!

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Capitol Refresh

It all started with a console. The famed Neve VR in Capitol Studio A, installed in 1990, was getting long in the tooth. Channels would need to be fixed more often, some weren’t working at all. It had seen, according to one engineer, more sessions than any board in the world. An amazing pedigree. But it was more than 20 years old, and the staff had been lobbying then-parent-company EMI for a few......

Never Settle for Good Enough

Toto could have easily phoned this one in and nobody would have blamed them, or even criticized them. After 38 years in the studio and on the road, through chart-toppers and slow-sellers, through lineup changes and solo careers, through tragedies and triumphs, what’s the big deal about the last record in a label contract? It had been 10 years since their last studio effort, and the music......

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